When I think of the significance of appreciation a popular refrain from Joni Mitchell’s hit, “Big Yellow Taxi” comes to mind.
” Don’t it always appear to go that you do not know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking area.”
The tune has been covered by numerous bands throughout the years and its message is as relevant now as ever. Some consider it a protest song versus business greed and a wakeup call to protect the environment. I welcome that message, but I also see the song as a call to action to appreciate what we have in our lives.
With the restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 much of us can’t assist but resent our “brand-new normal” that consists of the loss of tasks, the cancellation of life events, public events and social activities, as well as the mandatory wearing of face masks. Life as we when understood it has altered.
However, focusing on what we have actually lost does not enhance our circumstance.
There is a Buddhist story with an excerpt about a male “who invests night and day counting his neighbor’s wealth but acquires not even half a coin.” The total message has to do with the futility of looking outside of one’s self to discover joy, however I think that is a hard idea for the majority of us. A much easier message that I believe more people can relate to is that concentrating on what we don’t have leaves us feeling mad, envious and unfulfilled.
The anecdote is to have a mindset of gratitude and turn our attention to the numerous blessings we have in our lives.
I try to begin my mornings and evening by reciting a list of what I am happy for. This can be about individuals in my life (including those who have passed away) to basic needs such as a roof over my head or sufficient food to consume. Even being able to awaken and see a new day is a big advantage.
In some cases my gratitude encompasses more ordinary conveniences.
I recently returned from an outdoor camping trip with my spouse, CB. It was good to see more than the landscape beyond my immediate area. Since the pandemic my endeavors have actually been limited to my instant community. I haven’t even been to a grocery store since March of2020 I was eagerly anticipating a change in my surroundings – even if it meant boondocking in a small, Little Guy trailer.
In spite of a tee shirt that announces the opposite, I’m not a delighted camper. I like the outdoors, however outdoor camping is an unpleasant organization. Even the simplest tasks are work. I haul water, cook outside, ease myself in a pail and have actually limited access to a shower. When I’m in a tiff I consider it torture with a stunning view.
There are, however, a few silver linings.
The nighttime sky with its extraordinary “starscape” is awesome. Daytime strolls present a variety of splendid trees, plants, birds and other wildlife that assist me feel more linked to nature. When I return home I have a new appreciation for even the most regular things. I rejoice in my very first hot shower. I offer my washing device a caring pat on its enamel lid as I throw my stinky clothes into its basin. And the sound of a flushing toilet resembles music to my ears.
I can take a sigh of relief. I am house again.
Truth be informed, we ALL have a lot to be glad for. I have found (through experimentation and a great deal of research) that changing an attitude from grumbling to pleased refers focus. The technique is to make a concerted, ongoing effort away from the things that we discover distressing to those that bring us pleasure.
If you don’t believe you have anything to be grateful for, you may require to expand your world see a bit. For example, those who are browsing this blog can be appreciative to have a phone or computer to gain access to this message. Even having the capability to read is a gift that is not delighted in by some.
This appreciative effort reaches humankind. Even people we never ever fulfill have actually assisted us in countless methods. They grow the food we eat and provide necessary products and services we depend on every day. It is essential we look beyond our own needs and appreciate our connections with others. To disregard this humanistic principle generates a society suffocating in seclusion, skepticism, hostility and passiveness.
We are so much better than that.
Fortunately is it is not far too late. The proverbial “big yellow taxi” in Joni Mitchell’s tune that is loaded with our negativeness can take a favorable detour towards a happier, more practical instructions. We can begin by appreciating things now and not wait until they’re gone.